Monthly Archives: July 2014

Client’s wish for death penalty doesn’t justify defense lawyer’s withdrawal, Fla. supreme court says

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/clients_wish_for_deat… Client’s wish for death penalty doesn’t justify defense lawyer’s withdrawal, Fla. supreme court says The Florida Supreme Court has refused a defense lawyer’s request to withdraw from the appeals of a client who wants to argue in favor of his death sentence. The Florida Supreme Court ruled in a 4-3 opinion (PDF) last Thursday, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Lawyer Continue Reading...

What will the Court do if my Child has Special Needs?

http://www.familylawfirmflorida.com/Florida_Divorce/2014/Jul… What will the Court do if my Child has Special Needs? In general, trial court are given the specific task of determining what ultimately is in the child’s best interests. This definitely includes taking any special needs into consideration. Judges have great leeway in determining what, they think, is in the child’s best interests after hearing all evidence regarding Continue Reading...

How Your Ex-Spouse Could Inherit Most of Your Money

https://gma.yahoo.com/ex-spouse-could-inherit-most-money-085… How Your Ex-Spouse Could Inherit Most of Your Money  If you have a will — and you should have one — you may have executed it after years of putting it off. You’ve paid your attorney a lot of money and given serious consideration to make the right choices and ensure that the will is air-tight. Finally your will Continue Reading...

Bid Alert: Review The Contract Terms

http://www.floridaconstructionlawauthority.com/2014/06/artic… Bid Alert: Review The Contract Terms If you intend to provide a service to a public agency, be sure to consider the impact of long term contractual issues on the cost and profitability when preparing the proposal. The agency’s contractual requirements are typically incorporated into the solicitation. If they are not, you may have to inquire as to what Continue Reading...

Cut use of ‘gotcha card’ by requiring pretrial searches of jurors’ backgrounds, judges suggest

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/cut_lawyer_use_of_got… Cut use of ‘gotcha card’ by requiring pretrial searches of jurors’ backgrounds, judges suggest If a juror lies when asked about his or her background, that can be grounds for a mistrial. And, given the proliferation of social media, it’s a lot easier than it used to be to find out when a juror has withheld information. But deciding Continue Reading...

Maddox v. Florida Farm Bureau – Fighting for Damages in Dog Bite Cases

http://www.injury-lawyer-florida.com/2014/06/maddox_v_florid… Maddox v. Florida Farm Bureau – Fighting for Damages in Dog Bite Cases  During a recent Dog Bite Prevention awareness effort, Lee County Animal Control officials noted there are approximately 1,400 animal bite cases annually – and those are only the incidents for which individuals seek hospitalization. Lehigh Acres dog bite attorneys note that 8 out of 10 of Continue Reading...

Does your boss stick up for you when it matters, or not?

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/did_your_boss_stick_u… Does your boss stick up for you when it matters, or not?  Word got out quickly when Florida Judge John Murphy threatened assistant public defender Andrew Weinstock in his courtroom before asking him to step outside, where Murphy reportedly struck Weinstock. Murphy subsequently took a four-week paid leave of absence and returned to the bench last week—though he is Continue Reading...

Justin Bieber charged with vandalism, takes plea, will pay $80K to fix to egg damage to nearby home

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/justin_bieber_faces_n… Justin Bieber charged with vandalism, takes plea, will pay $80K to fix to egg damage to nearby home After months of investigation, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office criminally charged teen pop singer Justin Bieber with vandalism Wednesday over a January incident in which up to $20,000 worth of damage was reportedly caused by eggs thrown at a Continue Reading...

Assistant PD punched by judge resigns in protest after jurist returns to bench

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/public_defender_punch… Assistant PD punched by judge resigns in protest after jurist returns to bench An assistant public defender who said he was punched by a Florida judge in a Brevard County courtroom hallway has resigned in protest following the jurist’s return to the bench less than a month after the incident. Andrew Weinstock said in a Monday letter that he Continue Reading...

Splitting Student Loan Debt

http://www.familylawfirmflorida.com/Florida_Divorce/2014/Jun… Splitting Student Loan Debt There seems to be an “urban legend” in Florida divorce law that student loan debt is treated differently than other forms of marital debt. The rationale that is often used is that the spouse who did not incur the debt and who did not receive the education, did not benefit from the other spouse’s degree Continue Reading...
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